Green Dolphin Street

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Green Dolphin Street A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights. Chicago United States 41.921548 -87.668725
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Party Earth Review A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights. A... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton

  • Phone:

    773-395-0066

  • Hours:

    M, Sa 10pm–4am, F 11pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Green Dolphin Street Review

The Scene

A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights.

A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights.

A cavernous space consisting of five rooms and two expansive dance floors, the venue attracts a late-night crowd of open-minded clubbers and bedazzled drag queens who show up already primed for dancing to the bass-heavy beats dished out by two separate DJs.

Dolled-up patrons fuel up at the two large bars before hitting the floor, or lounge on black leather couches to shout over the music or watch looped videos of abstract art and photographs playing on the scattered TVs.

At some point in the wee hours, sweeping red curtains part to reveal a third and even larger sunken dance floor and stage, where another DJ whips the diverse crowd of eccentric club goers and flamboyant gay couples into a party frenzy.

Those looking for a respite from the pounding beats can make their way to the small and relatively quieter lounge area that connects the upper dance floors, or venture farther back to an outside patio.

A favorite of the LGBT community, Green Dolphin Street is a spacious haven of dance and diversity.

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Tip from Emma:

Mondays are crazy, but because this is a late-night bar, it doesn’t get busy till after midnight. If you want to go when there’s a crowd but avoid paying full price, just RSVP on the Facebook event page and you’ll get $5 off your entry fee!

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of clubbers, drag queens, local DJs, and avant-garde artists, mid-20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    LGBT-themed house music night on Mondays, gay-centric hip-hop night on Fridays, straight-centric hip-hop night on Saturdays. Nearly a dozen TVs showcasing abstract videos and digital photographs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $10–$20. Beer $3–$8, cocktails $7–$10, shots $7–$10, wine $8, bottle service $150–$300.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Club attire to dressy: cocktail dresses, minis, heels, and nice jewelry for women, button-downs, slacks, ties, and sweater vests for men. Monday nights: bright colors, neon tutus, full face makeup, and costume jewelry. Dress code on Friday and Saturday: no hats, no athletic gear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Around 1am on Fridays and Saturdays after other area bars start closing down, and Mondays for the popular Boom Boom Room LGBT-themed night.

  • Close By

    Pequod’s Pizza (2207 North Clybourn Ave) is renowned for its deep dish pizzas, and stays open late to feed the Dolphin crowd.

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